I miss her already.
So the ending arc is finally starting to fall into place, but the real question is – will there be a season two?
Aren’t we feeling smart today?
Where to begin…the funny thing is Angel Beats is *literally* a trainwreck, considering Otonashi’s past. I wonder if they understand the analogy, JP-side. So we now know Otonashi’s past and have lost Yui, and given birth to the Kanade-Otonashi-Hinata team. The problem is, there’s only a couple episodes left. Will Maeda continue the past of entertaining-troll and have Yuri discover about the trio or some other crazy plot twist? Or, will we end with conflicts unsolved into a season two?
We also have this relationship growing between Otonashi and Kanade, and the quickly-ended Hinata and Yui. The problem I would have right now if I were in Otonashi’s place is who the hell is Kanade. She hasn’t told anyone anything, yet he’s following her because he arrived at the same conclusion she said she did. We really don’t know what intentions Kanade has or anything about her. I’d be weary, but she’s just too adorable to say “no” too or suspect, given her actions. At the same time, she likely holds the key to knowledge about the rest of the world more so than anyone else, and while an interrogation might be rude, I definitely be asking some questions.
Yo like hell you were, bro. I think you just caught onto Otonashi’s plan and tried to help Yui find happiness (despite if that meant making her disappear.) People say this was a forced love/scene, but I don’t think Hinata was entirely serious. If he was, he was just taking advantage of the moment. He must of known Yui would disappear, so I don’t think I would take this scene at face value. Despite that, I’m fairly happy for Yui, but it sucks not having anymore screen time for her.
Yui wasn’t the most in-depth character I’ve ever seen, but I think she livened up the anime more than any other character with her outbursts and comedic nature. I’ve always had this natural attraction to girls with energy, and her character really changed the way I think about sickly characters. You see, there has always been this raging hate at sickly characters present within me – the thought that someone would even bother being attracted to one of those characters. If she can’t keep up with you, or is always going to be a hassle – she’s going to hold you back. I’ve always looked at girls who try to bring a fun and unpredictable joy into everyday life, but I think I’ve realized now where Maeda is going with all these sickly character portrayals in his anime (and Yui is by far the best one, forget Shiori) Yes they’re sickly, yes they can be annoying (or develop strange habbits because of their inaccessibility to normal life), but they do what they can, have dreams, and probably are more open and dedicated to trying new things that they can do within their own limits. Seeing Yui’s spirit has changed my viewpoint on what people see in sickly characters. I was surprised I could this ray of light through the rubble of a horrible trainwreck, but I guess it’s something you would only notice if you’ve seen a lot of Key animes before. Either that, or Maeda is totally trolling all of us.
For my own reasons, I try to stay away from the medical world as much as possible, but this anime has definitely communicated a theme with medicine I wouldn’t appreciate most other ways. Motivation of people who want to see the well being of others is a curious thing, but I guess a couple exist out there. It’s ashame to realize this most people have to lose something of their own before they realize it’s worth it to help other people with similar problems. I liked Otonashi as a main character from the start, and knowing his full back story treats us to an angle not normally given on main male leads. It’s the fact he’s taken self action and doesn’t act like an idiot that places him higher than the standard for me, since most male characters are treated with idiocy in anime, especially in recent times. I also liked that the writers used something modern like the organ donation card to help add a bit of realism to the event. I’ve always felt stories that take place in the present have a stronger effect than those either too far in the past or future.
I’ve seen a lot of people put Angel Beats down as either boring, or cliche for it’s time. I can give way to some arguments that the general art style (which is done quite well, you spoiled brats), atmosphere, and character design has been done before (what we can expect from someone who has been writing as long as Maeda), but there is still some artistic value in this story. That isn’t to say it’s not largely entertainment, but the story is definitely above average, and has a unique angle to offer to more than one type of person. Being a writer myself, I know all fiction authors just want to convey a point of view not necessarily seen before through circumstance. It’s the heart of communication and culture – and Angel Beats isn’t exempt from that.
A myriad of a million things go into an anime. Where you get factors like popular appeal and money there is also the people working on it to tell a story, bring multimedia to life, and have fun. All these factors are present in most anime, and I think that’s perfectly reflective of the anime industry (and a lot of our society) today. Some factors will always outweigh others (it’s pretty obvious when you get an anime made specifically to generate funds…oh neko overrun, how you disappoint me…), but I think PA Works and Maeda are honestly doing their best to make a solid work while appealing to as many people as possible. Hater’s gonna hate, but believe it or not most people in this business (especially as long as someone like Maeda) aren’t here just to make money and destroy the industry. Animators and animation staff are some of the most under-payed people out there today, and their not in it to waste their time or force anything on you. They want to weave a story, provoke thought, express themselves, and have fun with what opinions are generated along the way. That’s what artists do.
And, maybe if all goes well Iwasawa, Yui, and Fuuko will show up in the last episode.